Forest conversion and reforestation in the Harz Mountains

The MATSEN FOUNDATION has been supporting BERGWALDPROJEKT e.V. since 2020

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The MATSEN STIFTUNG has been supporting the BERGWALDPROJEKT e.V. since 2020. One of the focal points of the non-profit organisation is the conversion of public forests with indigenous trees to strengthen resilience to storms, drought and bark beetle infestation - all consequences of climate change. With the introduction of local deciduous trees such as beech, oak and sycamore maple these forests can develop a significantly higher resistance to climate change.

From January 1st, 2021, MATSEN CHEMIE AG will forward a contribution of EUR 10 from each outgoing invoice to the MATSEN STIFTUNG. In 2021, 100% of this funding will go to the BERGWALDPROJECT e.V.

 

1000 trees for the Wurmberg!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, planting trees together with the employees of MATSEN CHEMIE AG, planned for November 14th in the Harz region, had to be canceled. As an alternative, we are supporting the forest conversion at the Wurmberg with 1000 local trees, which will be planted there in November by forest workers from the Bad Lauterberg Forestry Office. 500 sycamore maple and 500 larch trees are planted in the high areas to create a framework for the later introduction of the shade tree species beech. The sycamore saplings are protected from red deer bites with a fence.

 

Working together for healthy forests

The employees of MATSEN CHEMIE AG will actively support BERGWALDPROJEKT e.V. in 2021 and will take part in reforestation measures at the Wurmberg in the Harz. On 10th of April 2021, the MATSEN team will plant at least 500 indigenous trees, supported by friends and families and some of its long-term suppliers and customers.

The MATSEN FONDATION will bear the costs for the on-site support and organisation, the necessary work materials, the seeds, and the subsequent protection and care of the young trees.

 

 

Forest conversion as a program for resilience against climate change

The past year was once again the warmest since regular weather records began 130 years ago. The high temperatures were also accompanied by months of drought, which had an enormous impact on forest and agriculture.

In periods of drought, the humus and the topsoil gradually dry out. Old trees suffer from damage to their fine root system and are therefore very susceptible during the subsequent years to harmful insects, such as bark beetles and shot borers, whose propagation is favoured by the warm weather.

Spruce and pine stocks are most at risk. These tree species, which originally come from cool Scandinavia and Russia and are more adapted to the local climate there, together still form significantly more than half of the forest in Germany. As shown in the spring of 2019, such unstable spruce and pine forests of this nature are also at high risk of storms and breaking under snow. And their poorly degradable needles acidify the humus layer – with the result that water and nutrients are difficult to store.

Planting indigenous deciduous trees among unstable old spruce stock stops the loss of humus, improves the water and nutrient storage capacity, and increases the biodiversity considerably.

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MATSEN STIFTUNG
c/o JESCHKE Treuhandgesellschaft mbH
Droopweg 31
D-20537 Hamburg, Germany